Our English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we will also accept English in the following school leaving qualifications.

If you obtained the qualification outside the validity period it may still be possible to accept you if you have undertaken further study or worked in the medium of English since taking the test. See below for further details.

Qualification Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Equivalent to IELTS 6.5 Equivalent to IELTS 7.0 Validity Period
Botswana: Ordinary level  C C C 10 years
Brunei: Cambridge O Level (1120)  C 6 C 5 B 4 10 years
Cameroon: Ordinary level  C C C 10 years
Canada: Year 11 certificate  pass pass pass 10 years
Gambia: West African Examinations Council (WAEC) WASSC C6 C5 C4 10 years
Ghana West African Examinations Council (WAEC) WASSC C6 C5 C4 10 years
Hong Kong: Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 3 overall 4 overall 5 overall 10 years
Hong Kong: HKCEE 3 or above 3 or above 3 or above 10 years
India: Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) from (CBSE) or Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) from (CISCE); or Indian School Certificate (ISC) from (CISCE) 70% 75% 80% 10 years

India: State Board Examinations from the following states:

  • Karnataka State
  • Maharashtra State
  • Tamil Nadu State
  • West Bengal State
  • Telangana (2018 board onwards ONLY)
  • Andhra Pradesh (2018 board onwards ONLY)
75% 80% 85% 10 years
Kenya: Certificate of Secondary Education C C C 10 years
Liberia: West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) from The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) C6 C5 C4 10 years
Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) from Malawi National Examinations Board (MNEB) 6 5 4 10 years
Malaysia: Cambridge O Level (1119) or STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) = Malaysia Higher School Certificate C C B 10 years
Malaysia: Degrees or diplomas taught through the medium of English Pass Pass Pass 10 years
Mauritius: Cambridge O Level (1125)  C C B 10 years
Namibia: Senior Certificate C     10 years
Nigeria: West African Examinations Council (WAEC) WASSC C6 C5 C4 10 years
Nigeria: Senior School Certificate (SSC) from National Examinations Council (NECO) C5 C4 B3 10 years
Nigeria: Degrees or diplomas taught through the medium of English Pass Pass Pass 10 years
Sierra Leone: West African Examinations Council (WAEC) WASSC C6 C5 C4 10 years
Singapore: Cambridge O Level (1127)  C 6 C 5 B 4 10 years
Singapore: Degrees or diplomas taught through the medium of English Pass Pass Pass 10 years
South Africa: National Senior Certificate (NSC) administered by the Department for Basic Education (DBE) or the Independent Examination Board (IEB) 4 5 6 10 years
Tanzania: Certificate of Secondary Education C C C 10 years
Uganda Certificate of Education C C C 10 years
USA: High School Diploma C C C 10 years
Zambia: School Certificate C 6 C 5 B 4 10 years
Zimbabwe: General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level C C B 10 years

Although the above tests are acceptable for admission to the University, you may be asked to sit a further English test on arrival to assess whether any additional English language support may be needed.

 

What if my test or qualification is outside the validity period?

All tests and qualifications must have been obtained within a set number of years before starting your course with us. If you hold one of the approved tests or qualifications listed above which met standard programme requirements, but it was obtained outside the valid period it may still be possible to accept you if you have continued to study or work in the medium of English since taking the test.

For example:

  • If you have studied at secondary or undergraduate level through the medium of English within 3 ½ years of the programme start date – please provide us with a letter or certificate from the school or college confirming the study was in English and the qualification you obtained;
  • If you have studied 2 years of a degree or 1 year of postgraduate study at NQF level 7 or above through the medium of English within 3 ½ years of the programme start date - please provide us with a letter or certificate from the school or college confirming the study was in English;
  • If you have worked in a Majority English Speaking Country for a significant amount of time since completing your approved English test or qualification – please provide a detailed cv outlining the nature of the work;
  • If you have worked in any other country through the medium of English for a significant amount of time since completing your approved English test or qualification it might be possible to exempt you from another English test - please provide us with a reference from your employer confirming that you have worked in a formal capacity in English using the form below so that we can make an assessment:

Employer English Language Referee Report Form